Leo J. Sheehan III
United States Senate Washington, DC
Legislative Aide Dec. 2018 – Present
Legislative Correspondent Apr. 2017 – Nov. 2018
Special Assistant Oct. 2016 – Mar. 2017
Staff Assistant Nov. 2015 – Sept. 2016
Advise Senator Tom Udall (NM) on domestic policy portfolio including healthcare, education, labor, appropriations, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid issues, as well as author vote recommendations.
Represent the Senator in meetings with lobbyists, trade organizations, advocacy groups, and other key stakeholders.
Conduct policy research and draft background memoranda, talking points, and agency correspondence.
Coordinated with two offices to secure a $1,000,000 telehealth grant program in H.R. 6157, the Defense-LHHS fiscal year 2019 appropriations bill, to assist OB-GYN providers and pregnant mothers in rural communities.
Drafted or introduced five bills for the Senator:
S. Res. 300, National Public Health Week: Would recognize the pressing public health issues of 2019 and celebrate the work of public health professionals.
Agreed to in the Senate on July 31, 2019.
S. 1119, Anti-Lunch Shaming Act of 2019: Would outlaw lunch shaming activities in schools and expand free/reduced school lunch applications to foster/homeless children.
A version of the language was included in H.R. 1865 and signed into law on December 20, 2019.
S. 720, CFPB Student Loan Transparency and Integrity Act of 2019: Would require Department of Education (DoED) to share student loan data with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Student Loan Ombudsman, facilitate transparency between CFPB and third-party student loan servicers, and ensure adequate staffing levels for Ombudsman to conduct statutory duties.
S. 1832, Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2019: Would prohibit the use of e-cigarette devices at educational facilities receiving federal funding and require further federal research into youth utilization rates.
S. 3608, Care Corps Demonstration Act of 2018: Would create a demonstration program within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and allow grantees to form a volunteer corps to administer non-medical caregiving services to elderly and disabled individuals.
Society for Health Policy Young Professionals (SHPYP) Washington, DC Executive Board Member – Steering Committee Nov. 2017 – Present
Conduct Capitol Hill outreach and plan annual Hill staffer happy hour (120 staffers attended Mar. 2019 event).
Aid SHPYP’s sponsorship program re-design process ($5,000 raised in FY19).
United States House of Representatives Washington, DC Legislative Intern Aug. 2015 – Oct. 2015
Staffed front office, undertook research projects, drafted press releases, directed constituent requests, and trained new interns for Representative Ben Ray Luján (NM-03).
Administered White House, US Capitol Building, and Library of Congress tour programs for visitors.
Evan Bayh for Senate Indianapolis, IN
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) Volunteer Nov. 2016
Ed Markey for Senate Taunton, MA
Campaign Fellow May 2013 – Jul. 2013
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Washington, DC Foreign Policy Fellowship Oct. 2019
Cybersecurity Fellowship Mar. 2019
University of Massachusetts, Amherst Amherst, MA
Commonwealth Honors College Scholar – Graduated Honors with Distinction May 2015 B.S. Public Health Sciences & B.S. Kinesiology